Windows 8 was not very popular or welcomed. Very few people upgraded it and its life was cut short despite Microsoft finally setting the Start menu. While Windows 8 was still the latest version of Windows, plenty of laptops and desktops running the OS have been released. Windows 8 / 8.1 users got the option to upgrade to Windows 10 for free.
Download the Windows 8.1 ISO file
Windows 8.1 may not have been very popular but some people did. The charm bar was unique in terms of UI and laid the foundation for the look of Windows 10 (without all the bugs). If you had a Windows 8 / 8.1 system that you upgraded to Windows 10, and you want to install the original OS you will have a hard time finding a download link.
Download Windows 8.1 ISO file – Microsoft
Microsoft does not advertise Windows 8 / 8.1 on its front page and only supports it. Not going to get any more updates though, you can still download the ISO from Microsoft.
To download the Windows 8.1 ISO file;
- Visit this link on the Microsoft website.
- Select the edition you want to download (8.1, 8.1 K, 8.1 KN, 8.1 N, or 8.1 Single Language).
- Click Confirm.
- Select the language you want to use the OS in.
- Click on the download link for 32 or 64 bit, whatever you need to install.
- Save the ISO file.
Create an installation USB
There is no media creation tool for Windows 8.1. You need to burn the ISO to a USB drive with a third-party device. We recommend that you use Rufus for the job.
Before proceeding, check whether your system supports UEFI secure boot or not. It affects how to burn the ISO to a USB drive.
- Connect your USB driver to your system (should be at least 8GB in size).
- Download and Rufus ran.
- If you have the system legacy BIOS, open Partition scheme, select MBR.
- If you have the system UEFI / Secure Boot, open the Partition scheme and select GPT.
- Select the USB driver, and the ISO file you downloaded.
- Click on Start.
- Wait for the process for completion.
- Connect the USB to your system and install Windows 8.1.
Get Windows 8 ISO
Windows 8.1 was the final, and definitive version of Windows 8. You will not be able to find the Windows 8 ISO on the Microsoft website. You may be able to find a torrent for it but you should be careful with those. They can be infected and should usually be seen as dangerous.
If you have an installation disk lying around since you purchased your system, you can use it to install Windows 8.. It is the safest option.
Windows 8.1 had some nice features but users switching from Windows 7 to Windows 8 were not able to work with the new Start menu. If you’ve ever wanted to try it, the ISO still exists but you won’t be able to buy a license for it.
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